RIDES on model trains will again be offered in Keighley between Christmas and New Year. Keighley Model Engineering Society plans to run the miniature steam trains on its oval track next to Marley playing fields on December 29.

Weather permitting, the scale models will run from 11am until 3pm with a driver upfront, and passengers sitting on open-top carriages behind. Volunteers at the society will sell mince pies and hot drinks in the neighbouring clubhouse.

Club spokesman Dave Aston said: “The weather has been kind this year for our Sunday public running days and we have had a good variety of locos running. The children enjoy the rides, and the adults do too when they realise that the locos are strong enough to take them.

“The number of private birthday parties we host has increased, and they always seem to be very popular with those who attend. They have all been for children so far, but I’m sure some of the grown-ups would like to have a party riding trains.

Mr Aston said the club always welcomed people interested in model engineering or running locomotives, and had a few join this year. He said: “As well as running days we have working parties to keep the track and site in order. Junior members are welcome if accompanied by an adult, which can be the excuse dads want to join in!”

Mr Aston said people did not need to own their own locomotive to become a member, because the club owned two electric locos in memory its late member Keith Parkin.

Mr Aston said September’s Keighley Show, held on the neighbouring King George V Playing Fields, was extremely busy this year.

Mr Aston said the only dark spot of 2019 was continued vandalism, including damage to the viewing platform. He added: “We finally gave up against the vandals and demolished the tunnel so that they could do no more damage to it.”

Visit kdmes.org.uk/trains.htm for further information about the open day.